Unfortunately NJ Bed Bugs do a spectacular job at hiding their true identity. This is especially true throughout the warmer months and times when we travel more frequently. This brief article will share with you a few things that we think you need to know.
Allow us to begin with a powerful message that needs to be shared with you all. Because these irritating pests have been linked to shame and embarrassment, far too many homeowners attempt to treat and eradicate on their own, please know that this is a mistake. Many professionals have discovered that some forms of DIY treatments have aided in the SPREAD of them, more so than elimination. Before going any further (if nothing else) we want our community to know that we maintain a trusted level of confidentiality when it comes to our services- especially with NJ Bed Bugs.
Why Are They Hard to Detect?
For starters, the time of year is usually a factor when it comes to noticing them. The first sign usually comes in the form of unexplained bites, therefore in the summer months – they can easily be masked. When we are faced with bites from mosquitoes, green heads, ticks, spiders and fleas- we tend to think of bed bugs LAST. This certainly aids in their undercover operation, however knowledge is power and we plan to gift you with a brief education on this subject.
What Do NJ Bed Bugs Look Like?
They are commonly discovered in the adult phase, which consists of a small oval shape, brown in color. Their body dimension can be completely flat or round and swollen with a reddish color after they have fed. If they have indulged in a large feed, the oval shape can actually elongate. Here are a few images of the feeding process:
Because they can transform their shape, they are often confused with other insects. This image will help you to sort out some of these misconceptions.
They are very tiny and often homeowners think that they can spot them easily, as they would a cockroach for example. To put this into perspective- here is a picture of the various stages compared to a penny.
What Do Their Bites Look Like?
Because these hideous creatures feed on us while we are asleep, we don’t always know it is happening. To make matters worse, they transmit a numbing agent after they attach, so we literally don’t feel a thing. Because it is close to impossible to feel the bite, we have to look for the signs that they left behind. Here are a few things that we think you should be aware if:
- Fleas bite around the ankle areas and leave a red spot in the center
- Bed Bugs bite any areas exposed such as hands, legs, arms, neck, shoulders…
- They tend to appear in a line or zigzag pattern whereas fleas bite in random spots with no order
- You can see a flea on your skin biting sometimes, chances are -you won’t catch a bedbug
Everyone has different sensitivities (like mosquitoes) and therefore the reaction can vary from hardly noticeable to severe. Many people will initially think they have some sort of reaction or rash, as the cluster of bites can appear in the form of tiny blisters. We have attached a few images of what the bites can look like:
Here is the bottom line, if you suspect NJ bed bugs – please call or email us. As top rated professionals in this field, we have expanded our services to include both residential and commercial properties in Monmouth, Mercer, Ocean, or Atlantic County areas. Don’t leave any doubt and let the infestation multiple, allow us the opportunity to conduct an inspection and prepare the appropriate course of treatment.